Team 10 Investigates how man became teacher after child porn case

John Kinloch arrested last week

CHULA VISTA - New information about how investigators say a Chula Vista teacher solicited naked pictures of boys was revealed in a search warrant uncovered by 10News.

The warrant shows San Diego's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force had probable cause to believe 41-year-old John Kinloch was posing as a 14-year-old girl named Brianna J. on the Internet and in text messages on myYearbook.com.

Investigators traced the IP address to Kinloch's San Ysidro home.

In one message with the subject line "hiya" Brianna J. writes, "ur really cute… txt me… if u wanna trade pics and chat."

In another, Brianna J. asks the recipient if he has the "kik app so we can trade nudes!"

10News has learned through print reports that Kinloch was implicated in an international child pornography investigation more than 15 years ago. He agreed to testify against another man in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

But some parents want to know why he was allowed to get a teaching license, which requires a full background check, and having your fingerprints run through the federal database.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing still lists Kinloch's license in good standing, even though he was arrested last week on a new set of charges related to child pornography.

"We are limited by law (Education Code section 44230) concerning the information that we can provide on credential holders to the public," wrote a spokesperson for the commission after numerous inquiries from 10News.

The U.S. Attorney's Office was unable to provide any information about Kinloch's case from 1998. 

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy released this statement: "Given the transitions in this office since 1998 and the passage of time, we are unable to corroborate or add anything to the story at this time."

10News tracked down the former federal prosecutor who handled Kinloch's case.  Mitchell Dembin is now a federal judge. When 10News reporter Allison Ash visited his chambers, she was told via intercom that the judge did not wish to speak about the case.

It is not known whether Kinloch's name was ever flagged in the federal database. It may be that because he was never prosecuted, his past history fell through the cracks.

Kinloch is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 7.

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